How to Delete Text Messages on iOS 7

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We've all had text conversations we'd rather forget. Fortunately, our smartphones allow us to get rid of them for good. If you delete texts messages habitually on your iPhone and made the jump to iOS 7, you may have noticed that Apple has switched up the interface for doing so. Whether your phone's internal storage is swelling with messages or you simply want to eliminate a nasty breakup text, here's how to delete text messages on Apple's new operating system.

1. Open the Messages app.

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2. Select a conversation.


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3. Hold your finger on any of the messages in the conversation until the More tab appears.

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4. Select More.

5. Select the text messages you'd like to delete and tap the trash icon at the bottom left of the screen to get rid of them. Alternatively, you can trash the entire conversation by selecting Delete All from the top left of the screen. 

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Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico, Associate Editor
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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  • pete Says:

    probably the worst advice ever - i imagine you are hipsters wanting to be popular, that cant be bothered to study to work for a decent SC firm... shame on you.. shame .. on you..

  • Nathan Says:

    Why don't you swipe left on the conversation and delete rather than doing these extra steps within the conversation??
    Useless article.

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